lavish

  • 1 Lavish — Lav ish (l[a^]v [i^]sh), a. [Akin to E. lave to lade out; cf. AS. gelafian to refresh, G. laben.] 1. Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise. [1913 Webster] 2. Superabundant; excessive; as,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 lavish — [lav′ish] adj. [< ME lavas, abundance < MFr < OFr lavasse, torrent of rain, prob. < laver, to wash: see LAVE1] 1. very generous or liberal in giving or spending, often extravagantly so; prodigal 2. more than enough; very abundant… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Lavish — Lav ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lavished} ( [i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lavishing}.] To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 lavish — [adj] profuse; splendid abundant, bountiful, copious, effusive, exaggerated, excessive, extravagant, exuberant, first class, free, generous, gorgeous, grand, immoderate, impressive, improvident, inordinate, intemperate, liberal, lush, luxuriant,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 lavish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious. 2) giving or given in profusion. ► VERB (usu. lavish on) ▪ give or spend in abundant or extravagant quantities. DERIVATIVES lavishly adverb lavishness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 lavish — I (opulent) adjective abounding, abundant, affluent, ample, bounteous, bountiful, copious, costly, effusive, excess, extravagant, generous, immoderate, inordinate, liberal, luxuriant, munificent, open handed, opulent, overabundant, overflowing,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 lavish — *profuse, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant Analogous words: *liberal, bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, generous, munificent, handsome: sumptuous, opulent, luxurious: *excessive, inordinate, extravagant Antonyms: sparing Contrasted words:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 lavish — 01. Her family is quite rich, so she was able to have a [lavish] wedding, followed by a huge reception. 02. The ballet company is putting on a [lavish] production of Swan Lake to celebrate its tenth anniversary. 03. We won a weekend in the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 9 lavish — lav|ish1 [ˈlævıʃ] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: lavish too great quantity (15 16 centuries), from Old French lavasse heavy rain , from laver to wash ] 1.) large, impressive, or expensive ▪ a royal palace on a lavish scale ▪ a lavish lifestyle ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 lavish — [[t]læ̱vɪʃ[/t]] lavishes, lavishing, lavished 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as lavish, you mean that it is very elaborate and impressive and a lot of money has been spent on it. ...a lavish party to celebrate Bryan s fiftieth birthday …

    English dictionary

  • 11 lavish — I adj. lavish in, with (lavish with praise; lavish in donating money to charity) II v. (d; tr.) to lavish on (to lavish gifts on smb.) * * * [ lævɪʃ] with (lavish with praise; lavish in donating money to charity) lavishin (d; tr.) to lavish on… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 lavish — lavisher, n. lavishly, adv. lavishness, n. /lav ish/, adj. 1. expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending. 2. using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often fol. by of): lavish of his time; lavish of affection. v.t. 3. to… …

    Universalium

  • 13 lavish — lav|ish1 [ lævıʃ ] adjective * something that is lavish exists, is spent, or is given in a very large amount, especially if it costs a lot of money: a lavish dinner/lifestyle/garden lavish presents be lavish with something to give something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 lavish — I UK [ˈlævɪʃ] / US adjective * something that is lavish exists, is spent, or is given in a very large amount, especially if it costs a lot of money a lavish dinner/lifestyle/garden lavish presents • be lavish with something Derived word: lavishly …

    English dictionary

  • 15 lavish — lav•ish [[t]ˈlæv ɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) expended, bestowed, or occurring in abundance: a lavish serving of food[/ex] 2) using or giving in great amounts; prodigal: to be lavish with one s time or money; to be lavish of affection[/ex] 3) to expend or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 lavish — /ˈlævɪʃ / (say lavish) adjective 1. (sometimes followed by in, with or of) using or bestowing something in great abundance or without stint: lavish of time; lavish in his praise. 2. expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish gifts;… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 lavish — 1 adjective 1 lavish gifts, meals etc are large and generous, and look as if they have cost a lot of money: They would organize lavish dinners for potential customers. | a lavish production of Tosca , with fine costumes and elaborate stage sets 2 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 lavish — 1. adjective /ˈlævɪʃ/ a) Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal; as, lavish of money; lavish of praise. let her have needful, but not lavish, means. b) Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 lavish — {{11}}lavish (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. lavasse (n.) torrent of rain, deluge, from O.Fr. lavache, from laver to wash, from L. lavare to wash (see LAVE (Cf. lave)). Related: Lavishly. {{12}}lavish (v.) 1540s, from LAVISH (Cf. lavish) (adj.).… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 20 lavish — 1. adjective 1) a lavish apartment Syn: sumptuous, luxurious, gorgeous, costly, expensive, opulent, grand, splendid, rich, fancy; informal posh 2) he was lavish with his hospitality Syn …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary